Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Child of Mine

My poor baby has been having some bad hives over the past few days. Luckily we were able to get in with an allergist this morning. Her issues started around 7 months of age with contact hives around her mouth from milk products. Around 11 months she seemed to have outgrown it. The past two days she broke out 3 different times. She had hives all over her face, eye lids, bloodshot eyes, swollen ears... I am so thankful a dose of Benedryl took care of it.

The appointment:

Let me first say that taking a one year old to any appointment should be considered a form a punishment... How are you suppose to actually have a conversation with the doctor after your baby has been scratched 800 times with welts on her back???

Anyway.... she reacted a 1 (1 small reaction - 4 big reaction) to peanuts, 3 to eggs, 1 to dust mites and a 3 to cockroaches... (Gross!) I felt the need to tell him that we did NOT have cockroaches even though he did not ask... there are some things that should not be left unspoken.

We don't have any real good answers. He is not going to restrict certain foods at this time. I'm only going to give her a daily antihistamine and go back at the end of August. Hopefully, the antihistamine will prevent future episodes and I don't have to be worried.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Front Row Parking

Jason planned a big surprise for our anniversary. Since I was going to be out of town on the actual date he set it up for the Thursday before. He told me to get a sitter from 4:30 to midnight and to have the car "gassed up." So I could only conclude that we were going somewhere not nearby. Everyone was on time. (except I forgot to fill up the car... really sad).. After we filled up we ventured east. I started naming places we could be going and then I started naming places we "better not be going.." I then decided I better shut it... We pulled up to a restaurant. I was trying to figure out what was special about it. I mean we drove an hour and fifteen minutes to get to it! We were the only people in there not in formal attire. Jason and I spent a good 15 minutes of our dinner trying to figure out if the "kids" were in high school or college. Jason went to the restroom and I summoned the waiter. I asked and he said.. "these are Duke students"... right, right... of course. The food was wonderful, but still why the drive? I soon realized the night was not over!

We drove a short distance to the big event center. We found a spot about 100 feet from the front door. Jason couldn't believe our luck! He said it must be because we were 40 minutes early. He handed me an envelope and it was tickets to see Kathy Griffin. (6th row!) I was so thrilled. I know she is REALLY vulgar, but she makes me laugh. It was such a thoughtful gift because let's just say that Kathy is not Jason's cup of tea.

Since we were so early we strolled a few blocks and found a spot to get a drink. It took a while so we ordered and also asked for our tab right away. Jason asked the waitress if we could walk up this other street to get to the event center.

Jason - "Can we go up there to get to blah blah (can't remember the name)"
W - "Oh no! Don't tell me.. are you here to see Kathy Griffin?"
me - "Umm... yes, YES we are.."
W - "oh y'all.. don't make me tell you..."
me - "Tell us WHAT?"
W - "It's cancelled... strep throat"
Jason - "Drink up we're going home"

This was where we got the news.. obviously before

All in all we had a wonderful night even if it didn't include Kathy. The show is rescheduled for October. I guess that explains our parking spot.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swimming Pool or Water Bowl?

When Madison woke up from her afternoon nap early because she was dripping sweat, we decided to go for a swim in the backyard. Not only did I come home to my child cruising behind her lion, but our upstairs air conditioning is broken. In fact we are waiting on the air guy as I type. Yep.. it's Sunday evening, but for an extra fifty bucks you too can have an air guy come on the weekend.

Once we got outside I made the mistake of throwing her in.... I freaked her out and she threw herself out of the pool and into my arms. With Jason laughing I tried a different approach... I started splashing in it... trying to show her how fun it would be. I oohed and awed over her toys. She leaned as far away as possible!

At least Abbey was impressed...

I started to think we had just bought a giant water bowl for the dogs.

A little closer....


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While I was gone....

I had a wonderful trip to Myrtle Beach. It was a little hazy from the smoke, but otherwise a beautiful weekend. Our speaker was Paula Rinehart and she did a great job. Aside from the planned activities by our church there was a lot of free time. Amy, my roommate and good friend, and I got to walk on the beach, eat at a few local restaurants, and shop at the outlet malls. It was nice to do what we wanted for as long as we wanted! The retreat was a success, but it's good to be home. Jason kept me sane by sending a TON of pictures throughout the day of Madison. I called home several times, but tried to cut it down after he started answering the phone with "wwwwwhhhhhhaaaaatttt???"

Jason survived his first weekend home alone with Madison as I survived my first away from her.

While I was gone Madison achieved this... I can't tell you how many times I tried to get her to do it. I guess it took a daddy's touch... :)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Something Tropical

We had a lot of milestones this week. We celebrated Madison's first birthday, mine and Jason's sixth anniversary, I weened Madison, and this weekend I am going to be away from her for the first time since she was born. I'm going on a women's retreat with my church to Myrtle Beach! I am praying that we can make it there given the current situation with the wildfires. So it's Friday and to get me in the beach mood I put Madison in something tropical... :)

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Look Back...

12 Months11 Months

10 Months

9 Months

8 Months

7 Months

6 Months

5 Months

4 Months

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month

A Few Weeks Old

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The White Chair at One Year

Madison's actual birthday, Sunday, was very low key. Family had all gone home early in the morning and it was just the three of us. We decided to take Madison to the pool. She loves it. Jason stood her on the side of the pool and went through the motions like she was jumping in... she would sign "more" over and over until Jason did it again. I put her in a soft jumper after the pool so she could take a nap. When she woke up we took our traditional white chair photos.

She's telling you that she's "one" in this photo. Pretty smart huh?! :)

Such a sweet profile...

We had dinner and a slice of the left over cake. I put a candle on Madison's and we sang "Happy Birthday" to her again. After dinner we went for a walk. It was chilly out and so close to her bedtime that I didn't want to change her outfit. So I grabbed her baby legs.... (Yeah for baby legs!) and a sweater jacket... Could she be any more mismatched?!

I have been told that time flies and your babies grow so fast. Well, it's true. I cannot believe she is one year old. I have been told "Shelby, you survived your first year." I guess it is an accomplishment to get here in one piece. No one can prepare you for how hard it will be, but no one can prepare you for how much love and fulfillment you get either.

Madison and I had our moments. When she was just a few weeks old she projectile vomited for the first time in front of me. I knew she was having some issues, but had never witnessed one myself. I always seemed to catch it after the fact. I called the "nurse hot line." Normally a nurse calls you back, but I must have sounded hysterical. The doctor called me back. I told him that "this was NOT NORMAL ...something was wrong with MY BABY." He assured me that babies vomit like that all the time and it is normal as long as she is doing all other things properly. It's "infant reflux." I felt a little better..

We had a few other close calls... I was tossing her in the air and happened to be standing in the doorway in to the garage when I slammed her head into the threshhold... There really should be caution tap on that... Jason was in the driveway and I started screaming....!! He came in and got some ice.. a little bump, but she was going to be fine. One morning on my way to MOPS Madison started making weird noises in the back seat and threw up. I reached back there and could tell it was a lot. I whipped into a Rite Aid parking lot and began to panic. I jumped in the back seat and it crossed my mind to run in to Rite Aid screaming "call 911!" In my mind she was having an allergic reaction to something. I called my friend who calmed me down and directed me to her house where we waited for the Dr's office to call me back. (I was just going to drive straight there, but Amy said they might not be able to see her right away... What??? My child might be DYING!). We ended up not even needing to go to the Dr. Maybe she just didn't like her breakfast. :) When Madison was around six months old she woke up with a very bloodshot eye. I called the Dr. "just to see" and they wanted to see her "RIGHT AWAY." (Well that's how it sounded to me). OMG! What could be wrong? I envisioned her loosing her eyesight. Turned out that it was a little case of pink eye. These are just a few of my "close calls."

My poor sister, I must have called her a hundred thousand times over this past year asking... "Is that normal??" :) So yes, we survived our first year. I have learned that I'm not going to break her. I have learned that we will have bumps and bruises along the way, but it's all worth it!

Madison is not yet walking. She still scoots, but sometimes she will crawl "normally." She is pulling up very well and is very proud when she does. She likes to look over at you for your applause. She walks around the coffee table and between her toys with support. She loves to swing, play with other babies and kids, play with balls... her first word was "Mama" and she mumbles da da all the time. She can sign more, baby, dog, and flower. She points at EVERYTHING and can direct us with her finger to get what she wants. She is a picky eater and I go through all sorts of food at each meal. I try out new things, reintroduce old things, and usually end up feeding her things I know she'll eat. She is so happy and very social. She will wave and smile at anyone. She's our very sweet baby...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

One Year Photo Session

Monday afternoon Madison and I drove to a beautiful location to meet my photographer, Julie, for Madison's one year photos. Madison always loves new faces (Julie's was new because it had been three months!) and so she smiled beautiful smiles in the first outfit. We did a few things and it was time for a wardrobe change... By then Julie was old news, not to mention we were trying to get shots of her sitting in the grass. Madison HATES grass... she puts one foot on top of the other and puts her hands in an awkward position in the air... not good for photos. We had her hold on to a chair and she looked like a flamingo holding one foot in the air! So we moved to a step in front of a historical building. This was right next to a road and there was a stop sign right where we were. Every person that came by (and there were lots of people) hung themselves out their car window, waved, smiled, and talked to my child... and Madison, being my social baby, could not help herself... she waved and waved and waved like she was on a float in a parade. Not really the look we were going for! We had to break for a picnic and then attempted a few more photos in different locations. We headed back to Julie's for her cake smash. And SMASH she did... Madison picked the cake up and flipped it upside down. Julie said she had never had that happen. Way to go baby girl!

I got a "sneak peak" last night and I was thrilled.

Favorites?? I can't wait to see the rest!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Madison's First Birthday Party

We had a PERFECT day for a party. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining bright. I felt like it was all just for us... I could not have asked for more. We had BBQ brought in.. Jason didn't want to spend the day grilling. He wanted to enjoy the day. That was probably one of the best decisions we made.

The place: My backyard!

It didn't take long to have the swing set full of kids!

The Theme: Ladybugs! It all started with this dress. Everything else fell in to place after that. Since it's spring it was easy to find ladybug items.


Tucked inside...


I found the idea for a jellybean count on-line. I thought is was a cute idea. The jellybeans are cherry and chocolate. I could not bring myself to get licorice jellybeans.. gross. My good friend, Amy, is a graphic designer and made this sign and "guess cards" for me.

What's a party without a pinata? I was so worried this pinata would break with the first swing of the stick... or in our case, bat. I got the pinata and told Jason to just "make it work." Next thing I know he walks out with a string, a borrowed bat, and no blind fold. I was pretty sure it would be over quickly. Oh how I was wrong!

They swung and .... (keep these two boys in mind... HA!)


and swung (I think he may have come with the bat!)

After a good 10 or 15 minutes Jason tried to help things along and gave it a good swing. All that did was knock it to the ground where kids took turns beating my poor ladybug to no avail. After all the kids were good and tuckered out Jason just ripped it open. Oh well.... the three kids that were left gathered up their reward! Jason ran inside to get bags so the kids could load up their take. Maddie, my niece, improvised pretty well waiting on Jason's return. HEE HEE!

The Cake:

We are singing "Happy Birthday" to her...

Now what would a ladybug party be without a coordinating ladybug bib?

99% of my pictures were of Madison eating cake! Here are a few...

Thank goodness for the bib!

After cake babies started melting fast... They were in need of bottles and naps.. including mine! However, I was dying to get a "baby photo" and all the moms obliged. Madison looks quite happy, but don't be fooled it was pure screaming right after this until I got her down for a nap.

So remember the two boys.... Jonathan won the jellybean contest (red stripe shirt). He had his jellybeans when Victor (behind him in the photo) decided he wanted them so he snatched them from Jonathan... Jonathan did not hesitate to "take him out" and within seconds they were in a ball of dust on the ground and the fight had to be broken up. It was kinda hysterical!

She napped for several hours while my family and I relaxed in the yard. Once she got up we let her open presents with her two cousins "help." I think they enjoyed it as much as she did.

At the end of the day Madison took her new car for a spin!

A big thank you to my family for all their help and traveling to celebrate this special day with us!

Pop, Nana, and Granny....



Austin and Maddie
Uncle Mack and Uncle Kris ...They weren't thrilled about "posing" in a photo together.... so they really hammed it up for me... thanks guys. :)

and Aunt Jennie!